Boards & Commissions

The following are links to various Town Committees, Commissions, and Boards, including their members, terms and a brief description of their charge.

If you are interested in serving on a board or commission, please fill out the Public Service Application (PDF)and submit to the Town Clerk's Office.

The following Boards & Commissions have vacancies:

If interested in applying, please submit your application to the Town Clerk’s Office.

ARTS COUNCIL: to promote and encourage programs for the development of public awareness and interest in various art forms; such as fine and performing arts, the appreciation of the colonial past, and the heritage of various ethnic groups.  This Council meets the second Wednesday of each month.  The appointment is for six (6) members to March 1, 2023.

ASSET MANAGEMENT COMMISSION:  the purpose of this commission shall be to review all capital improvement and asset protection requests related to Town and School facilities, establish their priorities, determine funding levels and formulate a comprehensive capital improvement program and an asset protection plan to be presented to the Town Council.  The commission shall be responsible for projecting major expenditures needed to maintain existing municipal and school facilities, projecting new public facilities and reviewing the five-year, ten-year, and twenty-year capital improvement and asset protection programs.  To develop fiscal programs, generate innovative financing options and seek creative alternative funding for the capital improvement projects and asset protection projects.  The appointment is for one (1) At-Large Representative to  July 1, 2023.

AUDIT COMMITTEE:  the purpose of this committee shall be to oversee the work of the Independent Auditors and assist the Town Council and School Committee in their oversight of (i) the integrity of the Town’s financial statements and the Town’s system of internal controls and compliance with the Town’s Code of Ethics and Whistleblower Policy, (ii) the Town’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and (iii) the independent auditor’s qualifications and independence.  Members of the committee shall be versed in reading and understanding financial statements and/or general business knowledge.  No member appointed to the Audit Committee shall sit on any other body or committee of the town or school unless the Town Council affirmatively determines that such services will not impair such member’s effectiveness.  The appointment is for three (2) members:  one (1) member with an accounting background to March 1, 2025, one (1) School Committee Representative to March 1, 2025.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD:  this board serves in an advisory capacity to the Town Council.  Its duties shall be to advise the Council on the following matters:

  1. Monitor and advise the Council on progress of economic development in North Kingstown.
  2. Advise the Council on issues of economic development policy and implementation, at the Council's request or the Board's own initiative. 
  3. Collaborate with the Town management on matters of economic development.
  4. Engage the business community and the public at large in the town's economic development policies and initiatives and in the implementation of community-wide economic development efforts; and
  5. Advise the Council on other matters that the Council may, from time to time, refer to the Board.

 The appointment is for one (1) second alternate Member to December 1, 2023.

HARBOR MANAGEMENT COMMISSION:  to recommend to the Town Council the adoption of rules, regulations, fees, penalties and other amendments to the Harbor Management Plan and its subsequent ordinances which may be necessary to fulfill the goals and objectives of the Harbor Management Plan; to recommend additional duties for the Harbor Division; to review and revise as necessary the Harbor Management Plan.  The appointment is for one (1) Waterfront Property Owner Representative, one (1) Citizen At-Large Representative, one (1) Environmental/Conservation Group Representative, and one (1) Public Access Representative to March 1, 2023.

HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION:  to review and act on all applications for alteration, construction, repair, removal or demolition of all structures and appurtenances located within the historic district; to review and make recommendations on all applications for the National Register of Historic Places and to promote the use of the historic district for the education, pleasure and welfare of the Town.  The Commission meets on the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m.  The appointment is for one member to fill an unexpired term to December 1, 2021, and one (1) alternate member to December 1, 2023.  All new applicants must have a resume attached.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE: the purpose of this committee shall be to assist in establishing standards and guidelines and implementation of Information Technology initiatives, trends, IT related projects, services and methods of communication with the public. The ITAC will advise the Town Council on these initiatives and submit quarterly progress reports to the Town Council.  Members of the committee shall possess a working knowledge in an Information Technology field. The appointment is for three (3) Expert Members to March 1, 2024 and one (1) At-Large Member to March 1, 2024.

PERSONNEL BOARD: to hear appeals from the disciplinary action ordered by the appointing authority.  The Board meets at the call of the chair.  The appointment is for one (1) member to March 1, 2024.

TREE WARDEN:  to have the care and control of all trees and shrubs within the limits of any public road or grounds and within the limits of the Town except those roads under the control of the Rhode Department of Transportation and those in public parks and grounds under the control of the Department of Environmental Management.  The person appointed must be or within six (6) months of assuming office, become "an arborist", licensed under Chapter 19 of the Rhode Island General Laws.  The appointment is for one (1) year to March 1, 2022.

VETERANS DAY & MEMORIAL DAY PARADES COMMITTEE:  to promote, direct and supervise the annual North Kingstown Parades.  The Committee meets at the call of the chair.  The appointment is for seven (7) members to March 1, 2024.

WICKFORD VILLAGE DESIGN GUIDELINES: The purpose of this zoning overlay district is to encourage creative solution that will preserve the unique and historic qualities of Wickford village center while helping businesses meet the challenging economy of the 21st century. The appointment is for one (1) Alternate Business Property Owner to December 31, 2021, and one (1) Business Property Owner to December 31, 2023.